Michel Portal

Biography

Born: November 27, 1935; Bayonne, France  
Multi-instrumentalist (clarinets, saxophones, bandoneon, etc.) and composer Michel Portal can be considered as the father figure of the French modern jazz scene.

Classically trained, Portal gained notoriety through his association with various modern and contemporary music composers. His performance as the featured soloist on Pierre Boulez's Domaines remains a highlight of his career. However, this exceptional musician also had a serious
Read more interest in folk music and jazz. In the late '60s, he initiated the free jazz movement in France with François Tusques, Bernard Vitet, and Sunny Murray. He went on to form New Phonic Art with Vinko Globokar, Carlos Roque Alsina, and Jean-Pierre Drouet to encourage collective improvisation, sonic explorations, and instant composing. In 1970, Portal developed a fruitful collaboration with John Surman. The following year, he created the long-lived Michel Portal Unit, a structure designed to have European and American musicians meet in a freely improvised setting. In 1975, writing movie soundtracks became a regular activity, which is well-documented on Musiques de Cinémas. In the '80s and '90s, Portal went through countless new musical encounters, never following a plan and always seizing the moment. During that period, his most notable collaborators included Pierre Favre, Dave Liebman, Martial Solal, Mino Cinelu, and Jack DeJohnette. At the turn of the century, Portal finally started to make a serious connection with the U.S., and Minneapolis in particular. He enlisted the help of some of Prince's musicians to develop a rock-tinged project which represented yet another departure. Read less

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Biography

Born: November 27, 1935; Bayonne, France  
Multi-instrumentalist (clarinets, saxophones, bandoneon, etc.) and composer Michel Portal can be considered as the father figure of the French modern jazz scene.

Classically trained, Portal gained notoriety through his association with various modern and contemporary music composers. His performance as the featured soloist on Pierre Boulez's Domaines remains a highlight of his career. However, this exceptional musician also had a serious
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Märchenerzählungen pour clarinette, alto & piano Op.132 : I Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
Märchenerzählungen pour clarinette, alto & piano Op.132 : Lebhaft und sehr markiert
Märchenerzählungen pour clarinette, alto & piano Op.132 : III Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck
Märchenerzählungen pour clarinette, alto & piano Op.132 : IV Lebhaft, sehr markiert
3 Romanzen Pour Clarinette & Piano, Op.94: I: Nicht schnell
3 Romanzen pour clarinette & piano, Op.94 : II Einfach, innig
3 Romanzen pour clarinette & piano, Op.94 : III Nicht schnell
Sonata, Op. 120 No. 1
Sonata, Op. 120 No. 1
Sonata, Op. 120 No. 1
Sonata, Op. 120 No. 1
Sonata, Op. 120 No. 2
Sonata, Op. 120 No. 2
Sonata, Op. 120 No. 2
I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)
II. Piheno (Relaxation)
III. Sebes (Fast Dance)
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegretto con Variazioni
I. Andante
II. Menuetto
III. Rondeaux (Allegretto)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
IV. Con moto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondo. Allegro
1. Allegro vivace
2. Divertissement
3. Finale


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